London woman says she was run over with moped for ignoring the driver’s catcalls
Anyone who’s ever been catcalled knows how uncomfortable, vulnerable, and scared it can make the targeted woman feel. A woman claiming she was run over by a moped for ignoring catcalls on a London street illustrates how it can actually become dangerous. Pagan-Lilley Motlagh-Phillips, 19, says she was harassed by two white dudes who proceeded to hit her with their bike and then ran her over again going in reverse. Her story came to light when she tweeted about her terrifying experience and the police’s lack of interest.
Buzzfeed News reports the council worker was on her way home from a shopping center with her brother when two guys on a moped yelled at her, “Are you alright, darling?” After she ignored him, the driver pulled up closer to her and “aggressively” ordered her to respond to his oh so charming question. Motlagh-Phillips said he threatened to run them over when her brother told him to leave them alone, and then he did just that, though she pushed her brother out of the way.
“This man took a moped and ran me over because I didn’t entertain his advances,” she told Buzzfeed. “I didn’t swear, I wasn’t abusive, but he ran me over in broad daylight.”
The bike didn’t just gently hit her either. “I was underneath the bike just looking at this tyre on top of me and thinking, ‘Oh my god, I can’t feel a thing! I can’t feel a thing!,’ and then they [reversed] over me and I just lost consciousness,” she explained.
In her tweets, Motlagh-Phillips claims it took the police six weeks to arrest the driver, and then he was released within just two hours. The police posted on Twitter asking for any witnesses to report what they saw, but she reportedly received an email the very same day saying the police were closing the case pending further evidence.
The 19-year-old was rightfully frustrated that her case wasn’t seen as a priority, and told Buzzfeed she’s scared the man might attack her again. She’s considering lodging a formal complaint about the police’s actions, or lack thereof.